Hull FC confirm departure of 10 players

James Messenger

Hull FC have announced that 10 players will leave the club as they continue to shape their squad for 2020. 

Having already seen World Cup winner Sika Manu and NRL veteran Mark Minichiello announce their retirement at the end of the season, Mickey Paea has also decided to hang up his boots this week, returning Down Under with his family.

Meanwhile, long-time club servant Danny Washbrook will also leave the club, heading for pastures new after 10 years of service for the Black and Whites.

The 33-year-old made his first-team debut in 2005, but moved to Wakefield in 2011. He returned to his hometown club in 2016 and picked up a Challenge Cup Final winners medal in 2016 and 2017.

Washbrook amassed over 200 appearances over two his two spells, but will now take on a new challenge in 2020.

Joe Westerman will also exit the club after two stints in Humberside. The 29-year-old began his career at Castleford before joining the Airlie Birds in 2011. Having made 126 appearances for the club, he subsequently departed for spells at Warrington and Toronto, before rejoining Lee Radford’s side in 2018.

He made 26 appearances across all competitions in 2019, scoring 10 tries, but will now seek new employment ahead of the 2020 season.

Chris Green will also depart having made over 150 appearances since his debut in 2011, while hooker Jez Litten and second-rower Dean Hadley will both join rivals Hull KR.

Jack Logan and Levy Nzoungou have also been released by the club, having endured stop-start careers in Black and White.

Logan broke onto the scene in 2014 and has gone on to make over 40 appearances, while 21-year-old Nzoungou has played the majority of his rugby in 2019 on dual-registration at League 1 side Doncaster.

Lee Radford has already began the recruitment process for 2020, bringing in wingers’ Mahe Fonua and Adam Swift, hooker Jordan Johnstone, and the forward trio of Josh Jones, Manu Ma’u and Ligi Sau.

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